By: Design With Company
Fin’s Labyrinth is an architecture and urban strategy that encourages you to play with your food. Both a working fish farm and a new form of public (civic) amenity, this project uses the infrastructure for raising fish as a backdrop to a wide range of activities designed to entertain you while getting you acquainted with your next meal. It reintroduces the production of food into the daily lives of city dwellers, making a more concrete connection between what we put in our mouths and the environment required to generate it.
The project consists of a field of fishponds and towers that create productive program pairs in their base and capital: Kitchen / Restaurant, Classrooms / Gallery, Water Testing / Activity Rental, and Processing / Offices. These towers sprout from the ground, reaching for the sun and behave as much like plants as they do buildings. Their height and infrastructure provide the necessary potential energy for rainwater harvesting, filtering and dispersal throughout the fishponds. At every opportunity, the inputs and outputs of fish farming, human activity and aquatic plant life are chained into productive ecologies wherein the waste of one system serves as the food for another.
Once arriving to the Labyrinth, you are presented with a choice of fish species: grouper, tilapia, salmon, etc. Choose wisely, your selection will have a lasting impact on your stay! After being assigned an individual fish within your chosen species, it is yours for the day. Name it, follow it, play with it, do whatever, it is up to you. Play Marco Polo as you wander through the maze by following your fish’s audio and GPS clues. Eventually you can catch it, have it cleaned and prepared in the Electric Stunning Fish Harvest Tank. Watch it from the aptly named Finema, which also shows late night fish related movies: Finding Nemo, A Fish Called Wanda, Splash, Jaws, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, etc. Then, head upstairs to the seaweed bar and receive your bento box for a fishtastic dining experience. If you are not interested in the full day experience package, stop by the markets along Navy Street on your lunch break for some fresh fish tacos.
Location: New York, NY
Team: Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer with Joseph Altshuler